Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Neil Gaiman has done it again. Although this book is technically adult, I can't really figure out any reason a teen or even mature tween couldn't read it. There is one particularly upsetting scene of parental betrayal and implied sex and infidelity, but nothing compared to the explicit details in many realistic novels written for the YA market. With that settled....

This is a challenging book to describe. Fans of Neil Gaiman will recognize the Hempstead family and certain tonal qualities that mark it as uniquely Gaiman. However, fundamentally, this is a story about standing strong in the face of fear, the unique way children see the world and the power of friendship. More than that, I want you to discover on your own.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is beautifully written and highly engaging. Since it is rather short in length, it is readable in a rainy afternoon.

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